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Niels Swinkels

Native Dutchman Niels Swinkels is a freelance journalist, musicologist, and sound engineer. Before moving to San Francisco, he was the arts editor and senior classical music/opera critic for Brabants Dagblad, a regional daily newspaper in the Netherlands. As a freelance writer and sound engineer, he currently works for San Francisco Opera, KALW Local Public Radio, Elevation Online, Earprint Productions, and others.

Articles by this Author

Recital Review
July 11, 2017

Anthony Reed and John Parr tread the delicate line between power and intimacy.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 2, 2017

One of Richard Strauss’s less-performed symphonic poems pairs with Igor Levit’s masterful Schumann performance.

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Choral Review
February 28, 2017

Religious music for the Lenten season, sung with grace and mature expression.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 31, 2017

The great violinist drained every ounce of emotion from Britten’s Violin Concerto in a triumphant appearance with the Marin Symphony.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 24, 2017

The close connection between violinist and conductor made for an electrifying concerto performance.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
November 15, 2016

The early music group delves into love, Italian style.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 27, 2016

Tenor Michael Fabiano shone in the all-important opera highlights, but the full program went much deeper into the sweep of Italian music.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
September 20, 2016

The conductor provides a revelatory reading of an iconic masterwork, devoid of the usual drama.

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Opera Review
July 19, 2016

Stripped down to essentials, this was a visceral, exciting production of Monteverdi's masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppea.

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Choral Review
May 17, 2016

Dr. Magen Solomon has guided the venerable community choir to new levels of artistry.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
April 26, 2016

Despite the large forces arrayed for the Easter and Ascension Oratorios, Jeffrey Thomas and his musicians achieve chamber music-like clarity and unforced communication.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 13, 2016

The orchestra’s intimate connection with the works of Mahler continues to inspire.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
April 5, 2016

SF Symphony featured the less-performed, edgy works in Copland's output, with Inon Barnatan at the keyboards for the Piano Concerto.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 29, 2016

The Russian piano phenomenon delivered a thrilling performance in collaboration with Kent Nagano and the OSM.

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Chamber Music Review
March 25, 2016

Fresh compositions by Simon Dobson highlight the latest installment of this inventive series.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 23, 2016

The French conductor brought a Glimmer of new music to the San Francisco Symphony’s series of subscription concerts.

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Chamber Music Review
February 16, 2016

With friends Barry Shiffman and Zuill Bailey, Cypress Quartet gave fluid performances of Brahms’ sextets.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
February 3, 2016

The greats and not-so-greats of 17th-century Vienna get a hearing thanks to the Quicksilver ensemble.

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Early Music/Baroque Review
January 27, 2016

American Bach Soloists revisited two of the three Bach Cantatas from their inaugural concert for the opening of their 27th season.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 19, 2016

Conductor Krzysztof Urbanski made an astonishing debut with the San Francisco Symphony, joined by pianist Emanuel Ax.

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